The Macedonian Tendency: June 18th - "Before the Rain" on DVD

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June 18th - "Before the Rain" on DVD

Before the Rain by Milcho Manchevski:
The Criterion Collection:

Before the Rain

Milcho Manchevski

Special Features | Film Info | Cast & Credits


The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski's Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Grégoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Šerbedžija) to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. Made during the strife of the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties, this gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence, and remains one of recent cinema's most powerful laments on the futility of war.

Special Features

  • - New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Milcho Manchevski
  • - Audio commentary featuring Manchevski and film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • - New video interview with actor Rade Šerbedžija
  • - Behind the Scenes in Macedonia, a short 1993 documentary about the making of Before the Rain
  • - Soundtrack selections, featuring the music of Macedonian band Anastasia
  • - On-set footage, theatrical trailers, and stills galleries of production photos, storyboards, and letters
  • - A selection from Manchevski's photography collection Street
  • - Manchevski's award-winning "Tennessee" music video
  • - New and improved English subtitle translation
  • - PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ian Christie

Film Info

113 minutes
Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0

About the Transfer

Before the Rain is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1. On standard 4:3 televisions, the image will appear letterboxed. On widescreen televisions, the image should fill the screen. Supervised and approved by director Milcho Manchevski, this new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35 mm interpositive. To further enhance the image. The MTI Digital restoration System was used to remove thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches.


Anne Katrin Cartlidge
Aleksander Rade Šerbedžija
Kiril Grégoire Colin
Zamira Labina Mitevska


Written and directed by Milcho Manchevski
Produced by Cat Villiers

Sam Taylor

Cedomir Kolar

Judy Counihan
Co-produced by Gorjan Tozija for Vardar Film

Frederique Dumas-Zajdela

Marc Baschet
Edited by Nicolas Gaster
Director of photography Manuel Teran
Music composed by Anastasia

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